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Which batteries are best for wireless devices?

Asked by augustlan (47674points) February 26th, 2011

Specifically, a wireless mouse and a wireless XBox controller, both use AA batteries, and a whole lot of them. :/

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Seelix's avatar

MissAnthrope recently asked a question about rechargeable batteries, and there were some great responses there. You might want to check out the brand she was talking about.

Seaofclouds's avatar

For our Xbox controllers, we use a Nyko charger base with the rechargeable battery packs. We’ve had it since Christmas and so far it’s done really well.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

Li+ ion batteries are best for such applications where you burn through alkaline batteries. If the AA batteries you have been using were not alkaline that may be your problem.

jerv's avatar

I have had the best luck with NiMH batteries in those devices. Unlike alkalines, they give a fairly constant voltage throughout their cycle instead of gradually weakening, unlike cheap NiCads, they are not hurt if you throw them on the charger with half a charge remaining (no “memory effect”), and unlike LiON batteries, they don’t cost an arm and a leg.

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